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Unusual rural retreats (935)

After something a bit different for your next rural retreat?Take a break from the norm with our range of quirky holiday accommodation. We’ve got the lot: rustic shepherd huts, cute caravans, glorious converted chapels, unique cottages and more.



Whether you want to lose yourself deep in the countryside in a cosy log cabin, bed down in a peaceful poolside windmill or take in the sea views from one of our off-beat coastal lets, we can help make your escape to the country truly extraordinary.



For UK stays, try the grandeur of a castle in the Scottish Highlands or vertical living in a West Country treehouse. Or, to keep your feet firmly on the ground, consider a luxury yurt in the Peak District. Your search for unusual holidays in the countryside could also take you further afield: try troglodyte life in a warren-like Spanish cave house or check in to a charming stone trullo in Italy.

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(5) Excellent 

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Holiday caravan/mobile home with shared pool in Fréjus

French Riviera - Cote d'Azur / Fréjus

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Swimming pool
“Fantastic holiday!” Located in a leafy, friendly campsite in Frejus, Place du Rose mobile home was comfortable and well equipped, with a shaded decking area where you can eat, relax or play games. The local supermarket is within walking distance and  …see more

from £71 / night

£313 - £491 / week

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from £71 / night

(10) Excellent 

17

Hautes-Alpes / Gap

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Ski
  • Child friendly

 …see more

from £116 / night

£467 - £766 / week

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from £116 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Maine et Loire / Le Puy-Notre-Dame

4 8 1 night min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 190 km
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly

 …see more

from £129 / night

£898 / week

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from £129 / night

(7) Excellent 

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Yacht rental in San Sebastián de la Gomera

La Gomera / San Sebastián de la Gomera

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.1 km
  • Suitable for children age 5+
Yacht La Gomera Marina San Sebastian Luxury Fiestas Holiday Accommodation Garajonay National Park. Comfortable. Sea. Beach. Valle Gran Rey. Sea view.  …see more

from £49 / night

£343 / week

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from £49 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday watermill in Ponte de Lima

Viana do Castelo District / Ponte de Lima

1 2 2 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 2 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
Built in the 17th century next to a Romanesque bridge on the banks of the Estorãos River, this pretty watermill has been authentically restored, retaining the old water wheel and grindstone.  …see more

from £73 / night

£471 / week

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from £73 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Holiday converted chapel in Whitebrook

Monmouthshire / Whitebrook

3 8 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
  • Private garden
“Wonderful accommodation & location for family get together” We stayed here at the end of April with our grown up children, spouses, 4 month old grandaughter plus 3 dogs. We were met by our son whose comment was 'it's stunning' and it was. Beautifully  …see more

from £100 / night

£651 - £1120 / week

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from £100 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday watermill rental

Camporgiano / Casatico

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Delightful property” We spent 5 days at this converted water mill and were very pleased with our stay. It is well situated in a peaceful location with lovely views of the surrounding countryside. We particularly liked the swimming pool in the garden a  …see more

from £100 / night

£550 - £860 / week

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from £100 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Ski chalet in Vallandry

Vallandry / Vallandry

4 8 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Superb High Quality Chalet With Excellent Friendly Service From PVR” The chalet is well located with a short (50 metre) up hill walk to a run which leads to two lifts. With good snow it is possible to ski back to the chalet door. It is perfectly locat  …see more

from £195 / night

£1364 - £4227 / week

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from £195 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Vallandry ski chalet rental

Vallandry / Vallandry

6 12 7 nights min

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“lovely chalet next to the slopes” We stayed in this chalet in January 2015. The chalet is as described in the PVR website. It is very comfortable and ideal if you like a lounge/dining table to sit around exchanging stories after a day on the slopes. T  …see more

from £256 / night

£1791 - £2646 / week

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from £256 / night

(46) Very Good 

22

Chideock holiday log cabin rental

Bridport / Chideock

1 3 Min stay varies

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 3
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
“Lovely, warm cabin.” Will and Tania were lovely. There when needed but not obtrusive. Lovely area with loads of dog friendly places to eat.. The cabin was just as described, snug but with everything we needed for our weeks stay. Jacuzzi lovely but,  …see more

from £65 / night

£450 - £570 / week

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from £65 / night

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Lapland / Inari

4 10 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden

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from £146 / night

£847 - £1565 / week

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from £146 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Ski chalet in Vallandry

Vallandry / Vallandry

5 10 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“Amazing stay with amazing host” We arrived as a group of 10 people - friends and family. Sarah and the rest of the guys at the reception were very helpful, and offered many tips for moving around. Sarah also helped us with booking a restaurant for our  …see more

from £226 / night

£1582 - £5295 / week

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from £226 / night

(6) Excellent 

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Trullo rental in Ostuni with swimming pool

Province of Brindisi / Ostuni

2 6 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 18 km
  • Swimming pool
Beautiful trullo with private swimming pool (5m x 10m) situated in Ostuni (Contrada Chiobbica, 8 kms from Ostuni city center), surrounded by 10.000 m2 of land (olive trees, almond trees, fig trees etc...). The trullo has 7 cones : 2 bedrooms (one bedroom with a double b  …see more

from £120 / night

£684 - £1368 / week

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from £120 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Holiday caravan/mobile home in Tenby

Pembrokeshire / Tenby

3 8 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Swimming pool
Free bed linen on all 7 night bookings up to 6 people Free private parking Free gas and electric No dogs allowed unless by prior agreement  …see more

from £60 / night

£350 - £735 / week

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from £60 / night

(7) Very Good 

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Cave house rental in Galera

Province of Granada / Galera

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
“Get away from it all in a delightful "hobbit house"” It was very easy to book and the owners sent excellent directions to find it as it is a little remote.Having said that it is utterly charming,,set on a hillside surrounded by other cuevas.....an ide  …see more

from £33 / night

£190 - £330 / week

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from £33 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin in Kilkhampton

Bude / Kilkhampton

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 7 km
  • Child friendly
This contemporary log cabin is based 3 miles from the sandy beaches of the North Cornwall coastline. It boasts an open plan living area, two generous bedrooms with modern bathroom and stunning views of the Cornish countryside.  …see more

from £70 / night

£392 - £896 / week

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from £70 / night

(1) Excellent 

17

Chamonix Town Centre ski chalet rental

Chamonix / Chamonix Town Centre

6 12 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Chalet PrimeroseThis lovely character chalet is only minutes walk from center of Chamonix and set in private grounds with ample parking. Sleeping up to 12 guests in 6 bedrooms it is ideal for families or large groups of friends on winter ski or alpine summer holidays.  …see more

from £289 / night

£1445 - £2684 / week

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from £289 / night

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Caravan/mobile home rental in Bruck an der Grossglocknerstrasse with shared pool

Salzburg Region / Bruck an der Grossglocknerstrasse

2 5 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
Two bedroom caravan located on the award winning campsite 'Sportcamp Woferlgut'.Situated in the middle of the sports region of Zell am See-Kaprun and the Hohe Tauern National Park. The spacious campsite is both beautiful and modern.Facilities i  …see more

from £39 / night

£270 - £419 / week

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from £39 / night

(6) Very Good 

14

Les Coches ski chalet rental

Savoie / Les Coches

4 12 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Ski La Source : FOR PEACE OF MIND ALL HOLIDAYS CAN BE PAID FOR BY CREDIT CARD IN EUROS Chalet En-Piste is ski-in/ski-out detached, stone and timber Chalet. Ideal for families and young mixed adult groups. It is perfectly positioned on by the piste just above the mo  …see more

from £123 / night

£850 - £2850 / week

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from £123 / night

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Orgon / Plan d'Orgon

1 4 1 night min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 4
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 100 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

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from £73 / night

£509 / week

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from £73 / night

(40) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin in Sherwood Forest

Newark / Sherwood Forest

2 4 3 nights min

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • 3 nights min
  • Child friendly
  • Ask about pets
  • Private garden
“Miss” Absolutely beautiful place. So cosy yet very spacious. Very modern facilities and appliances. Hot tub was great! Extremely private and the owners were fantastic! They left us a luxury welcome hamper with milk, jam, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, ho  …see more

from £100 / night

£650 - £1630 / week

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from £100 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Faro District / Alte

5 11 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 11
  • 7 nights min
  • Nearest beach 25 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly

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from £112 / night

£559 - £1163 / week

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from £112 / night

(1) Excellent 

6

Ranua holiday log cabin rental

Lapland / Ranua

5 10 1 night min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0 km
  • Child friendly
Holiday and free time log cabin, in the forest, beside lake, suitable for children.Year around activities.  …see more

from £82 / night

£505 / week

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from £82 / night

(10) Excellent 

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Donegal Town holiday watermill let

County Donegal / Donegal Town

4 8 3 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 5 km
  • Child friendly
5 mins from Soils Lough Eske and 10 mins from Harveys point hotel. The mill is a great base for walking fishing or exploring the beautiful Donegal countryside. The mill is full of charm and has a great well equipped kitchen for those who like to cook.  …see more

from £154 / night

£949 / week

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from £154 / night

13

Correze / Argentat

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Child friendly
  • Air conditioning

 …see more

from £171 / night

£1026 - £1462 / week

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from £171 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Manor house rental in Otmuchow

Opole Province / Otmuchow

10 30 1 night min

  • 10 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 30
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 6 km
  • Child friendly
first mentioned in 1300, the palace has been rebuilt once every 100 years since. Owners have included barons, and a Prince-Bishop of Wroclaw. It's now owned by British-Polish couple, Jim and Anna Parton, who have rescued the house from near-dereliction. There'  …see more

from £26 / night

£180 / week

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from £26 / night

(6) Excellent 

24

Vaujany ski chalet rental

Isere / Vaujany

6 16 Min stay varies

  • 6 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 16
  • Min stay varies
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Pet friendly
Catared chaletStylish and hospitableFree wifi, log fire, hot tub, childfriendly, kids dinner, DVD/TV room, huge garden.Vaujany is part of the huge Alpe d'Huez ski region, snow secure slopes.In summer: cycling!Beautiful garden, old fruit trees, safe to play for chil  …see more

from £75 / night

£424 - £10150 / week

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from £75 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin in Loch Awe

Argyll and Bute / Loch Awe

2 5 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 5
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 0.2 km
  • Child friendly
“Peacfull,City escape” Booking, info , arrival & departure process was easy and organised . Amazing value with everything you need for a stay . Small shop and social club beautiful food. Amazing views . Perfect comfy beds and plenty hot water. Didn't n  …see more

from £40 / night

£275 - £390 / week

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from £40 / night

(3) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin accommodation

Lake District / Borwick

3 6 Min stay varies

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 6
  • Min stay varies
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 12 km
  • Swimming pool
A budget family friendly pine lodge with partial Lake Views,Situated on a 5* award winning leisure village. A large TV with built in freeview + DVD. A cloakroom and a family bathroom, Leather sofas. Child friendly enclosed decking and outdoor furniture.<br />Ente  …see more

from £75 / night

£450 - £825 / week

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from £75 / night

(26) Excellent 

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Manor house letting in Bressuire

Deux-Sevres / Bressuire

5 15 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 15
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 110 km
  • Swimming pool
“Thanks for a lovely holiday again!” We all enjoyed another relaxing holiday at this lovely house; mainly relaxing around the pool but also bike rides through the countryside and a day out by train to Les Sables d’Olonne. Diana & Graham were great host  …see more

from £172 / night

£1200 - £2200 / week

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from £172 / night

(1) Excellent 

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Holiday castle in Oprtalj

Istria / Oprtalj

5 10 1 night min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 1 night min
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Swimming pool
  • Child friendly
This historic 5-bedroom castle is situated inside landscaped walled gardens with a well hidden swimming pool, outdoor dining room & barbecue. The Palazzo's unique tower with private roof terrace offers fabulous views of Oprtalj, the Alps & unspoiled wooded  …see more

from £250 / night

£1750 / week

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from £250 / night

(5) Very Good 

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Holiday manor house in Easkey

County Sligo / Easkey

5 12 1 night min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 1 night min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
It took 10 years to restore this 200 year old boutique country house. Set on 9 acres of land overlooking one of Ireland's best surf breaks. Have a relaxing evening by the open fireplace, a glass of wine in our private bar or a game of pool.<br />chiropractic  …see more

from £69 / night

£479 - £2872 / week

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from £69 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Ski chalet in Borovets

Sofia Region / Borovets

4 9 Min stay varies

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 9
  • Min stay varies
  • Swimming pool
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
Luxury 4 bedroom chalet with contemporary decor sleeping 9.Open log fire with free firewood.This chalet has free WiFi, a private Sauna, in a small gated development with Swimming Pool, Jacuzzi and a great Bistro. Stunning mountain views from all floors and balconies  …see more

from £90 / night

£595 - £1320 / week

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from £90 / night

(16) Excellent 

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Biddenden holiday log cabin rental

Kent / Biddenden

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 33 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
This stunning Visit England Graded 4* holiday home has been decorated with light and air in mind. The vaulted living area with white walls and floor and original artwork has many windows to enjoy the uninterrupted views across the fields and pond. French doors open onto  …see more

from £100 / night

£420 - £748 / week

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from £100 / night

(19) Excellent 

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Holiday log cabin in Ravenshead

Nottinghamshire / Ravenshead

2 4 Min stay varies

  • 2 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 4
  • Min stay varies
  • Nearest beach 60 km
  • Child friendly
  • Private garden
“Fab long weekend away” What a lovely place to stay for a long weekend. We stayed here with our 2 daughters, both are very keen horse riders, which was part of the reason for booking. Our eldest joined in the show they had running on the Sunday and c  …see more

from £80 / night

£450 / week

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from £80 / night

(2) Excellent 

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Boathouse rental in Ballinrobe

Ballinrobe / Moorehall

1 2 5 nights min

  • 1 bedroom
  • Sleeps 2
  • 5 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 30 km
  • Child friendly
The chalet at Moorehall was built in 1964 as a holiday retreat by the current owner's grandfather. It sits on the edge of Lough Carra in South Mayo and is surrounded by forest.  …see more

from £56 / night

£342 / week

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from £56 / night

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Caravan/mobile home rental in St Leonards on Sea

Hastings / St Leonards on Sea

3 8 3 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 3 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 1 km
  • Child friendly
Situated close to the Saxon Centre, this ABI Horizon is a bright and surprisingly spacious holiday home that the whole family will enjoy. The lounge with gas fire and wood surround compliment the 'L' shaped seating, with pull-out bed, and matching dinette area  …see more

from £70 / night

£680 / week

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from £70 / night

(5) Excellent 

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Holiday caravan/mobile home with shared pool in Saint-Jean-de-Monts

Vendee / Saint-Jean-de-Monts

3 8 7 nights min

  • 3 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 8
  • 7 nights min
  • Beach / lakeside relaxation
  • Nearest beach 2 km
  • Swimming pool
“Highly recommended” My family and friend booked this mobile home for a week in the sunny Vendee and we were delighted with the facility and the park where it is situated. We had 4 children with us who were easily occupied with the swimming pools and w  …see more

from £43 / night

£300 - £706 / week

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from £43 / night

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Vallandry ski chalet rental

Peisey-Vallandry / Vallandry

5 12 7 nights min

  • 5 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 12
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
Chalet Ambience sleeps 10-12 and is located directly on the piste!! There are 4 bedrooms, a mezzanine and a large open plan living and dining area with huge balcony leading off.  …see more

from £214 / night

£1496 - £5052 / week

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from £214 / night

(2) Very Good 

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Ski chalet in Vallandry

Vallandry / Vallandry

4 10 7 nights min

  • 4 bedrooms
  • Sleeps 10
  • 7 nights min
  • Ski
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
“A very happy new year” Our group of 10 friends stayed at La Couronne over the new year 2013 for one weeks self-catering skiing holiday! The location for skiers of all abilities was excellent and the snow great! The chalet was in a good location (short  …see more

from £110 / night

£765 - £4146 / week

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from £110 / night